Jeremy Noller – drumset, gyil (7)
Dan Loomis – acoustic bass
Jesse Lewis – acoustic guitar
Brian VanArsdale – tenor saxophone
Sam Bathrick – shekere (1, 7), gome (5, 7)
Mangue Sylla – djembe (1), sangban (5)
All compositions by Jeremy Noller (Jeremy Noller Music, ASCAP) except Speak No Evil by Wayne Shorter (Miyako Music, BMI)
Produced by Jeremy Noller – Recorded May 4-5, 2010
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Max Ross at Systems Two – Brooklyn, NY
Artwork by James Pendergrast; Design and layout by Nicholas Sharp
Press Release (September 13, 2010)
Announcing the release of Music Notes, the debut album from drummer/composer Jeremy Noller. Charting a distinctly accessible intersection between contemporary jazz and traditional West African rhythms, Noller taps players from NYC’s diverse musical realms to perform original compositions and arrangements. The result is a savory broth of jazz and world music that is an expression of Jeremy’s unique musical journey.
Music Notes flows seamlessly through musical landscapes, carving space for ardent jazz fans (Noller’s quartet retakes Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil) and world music enthusiasts alike (A composition on Ghanaian Gyil begets the title track). Indeed, West African rhythms set the pace throughout, but it is in the airspace between terrestrial provinces that Music Notes soars highest, as the familial conversation between Indigenous and American Jazz instrumentation takes on a language of its own.
The album features Jeremy’s longtime collaborators Dan Loomis (acoustic bass), Jesse Lewis (acoustic guitar), Brian VanArsdale (tenor saxophone), Sam Bathrick (shekere, gome), and Guinean master drummer Mangue Sylla (djembe, sangban). Former Rolling Stone illustrator James Pendergrast designed the album’s cover.
Praise for Music Notes:
“Jeremy Noller’s new CD ‘Music Notes’ is joyously notable music. Jeremy’s groovy compositions are beautifully performed by his cohorts and his hip drumming unifies and propels it all. Check it out.”
- John Riley (drummer/educator/author)
“Jeremy Noller has produced one of the freshest CDs I’ve heard this year, it reaches across the barrier from jazz into world music.” “…fresh, unpredictable and beautiful.”
- Bunky Green (saxophonist/educator)
“What makes Noller’s debut equally impressive are not just his percussion skills, but his knowledge of the music and the spirit that’s articulated by his talented band.”
- Mark F. Turner (All About Jazz)
“If all music bears the stamp of its inspiration then the trick to a performer’s success is to take those inspirations and create something new and unique. Noller has succeeded admirably with Music Notes, delivering a very solid debut effort.”
- Greg Simmons (All About Jazz)